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4 Spots to Learn Latino Music in Charlottesville

4 Spots to Learn Latino Music in Charlottesville

The annual Cville Sabroso Festival brings music and dance groups from all over Virginia to share the cultural arts of Latin America. At this year’s festival on September 16, 2017, organizers plan to include workshops and classes for the community to learn traditional Latino music and dance styles.

Can’t wait until September? Festival co-founder Estela Knott shares four recommendations for learning Latino music and dance in Charlottesville throughout the year.

1. Charlottesville Tango

This all-volunteer, non-profit community of Argentine Tango dancers shares their love of the dance by offering classes, Milongas, workshops and festivals.

2. The Charlottesville Salsa Club

Meet up with the Salsa Club to learn and practice in a social dance setting. Their weekly Sunday Salsa dance party is the longest running salsa dance event in Virginia.

3. Zabor Dance

Zabor Dance founder Edwin Roa teaches and performs an incredible variety of dance styles including salsa, bachata, merengue, Argentine tango, bolero, rhumba, cha-cha, and samba.

4. The Lua Project

Led by Estela Knott and Dave Berzonsky, the Lua Project is a music & cultural arts project housed at the McGuffey Art Center. They offer celebrations throughout the year focused on Latin American art and culture, including a Son Jarocho Circle where anyone can drop in to learn this regional folk music style from Veracruz, Mexico, as well as other Latin rhythms. Follow LUA on Facebook for updates or email to join the email list for events. And be sure to check out the Lua band performing their original Mexilachian music live at The Bebedero every Thursday.

Read more about the Cville Sabroso Festival in the Spring 2017 edition of Forward/Adelante Magazine, on newsstands now. 

Photo Credit: Cville Sabroso Festival by Charlottesville Photography Initiative

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